Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/21/10
The ManUp U-15 boys’ lacrosse club of Chester County will play a benefit lacrosse game Thursday against Team Relentless from Orange County, Calif., at Kelly Field in West Chester at 3 p.m.
Team Relentless is a part of the HEADstrong Family. HEADstrong promotes blood cancer awareness and raises funds for families in need in honor of the late Nick Colleluori, a Ridley High graduate who died four years ago due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while a student-athlete at Hofstra University.
Team Relentless performs fundraisers to support their team and its ability to travel the country, while at the same time donating funds to HEADstrong.
The mission of the non-profit ManUp club is for members to perform community service while promoting good sportsmanship through lacrosse. The major recipients of ManUp fund drives are men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches in need of assistance. The coach is Jim Schorn, also the head coach at West Chester East.
Through this game, ManUp will be donating funds to the Kivlin family on behalf of HEADstrong. The Kivlins have a daughter, Julia, who was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
The family is in desperate need of funds while they are spending most of their time at CHOP hospital. A check will be given to the family after the game and the team will be kept posted on what more can be done to assist the family in the coming months to help in this situation.
Manup also will donate funds to the Michael Breschi Foundation. Michael Breschi is the late son of North Carolina coach Joe Breschi. Michael Breschi was hit by a car and killed in the driveway of his daycare center at the age of 3.
Coach Breschi has been recognized for helping other families get through these types of tragedies and creating a foundation to support his cause. He has a positive motto based on “Family, Academics and Lacrosse.”
ManUp also would like to encourage all to pray for Julia Kivlin and her family as well as the efforts of Joe Breschi and his foundation.
Also at Thursday’s game a memorial award will be given to a deserving player. The award is based on the motto, “Decisions = Consequences or Rewards.”
Coach Schorn lost two close friends in a car accident in October of 1988, while they were on their way to his high school football game. These two girls were superior in athletics, academics and the social scene.
They made good decisions their entire lives until that day of the accident, when their designated driver was distracted due to horse play by a person in the car that had been drinking alcohol.
This one bad decision had consequences that changed the lives of many people, including coach Schorn, whose mission is to pass his message of making the right decision in the honor of his lost friends.
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